Standard Motor Company
Founded by Reginald Maudslay in 1903 the Coventry based Standard Motor Company Ltd was ostensibly a motor car manufacturer, though it did supply some chassis to coachbuilders. It took over the ailing Triumph Motor Company in 1945 and the combined Standard-Triumph concern was swallowed up by Leyland Motors Ltd in 1960.
In the 40's/50's Standard began making Ferguson Tractors under license and the tractor engines and Vanguard chassis became of particular interest to the entrepreneur and fleet operator John Birch. Hence Standard have a place here as the supplier of both the chassis & engine for the Birch Taxi that was designed and built at Park Royal.
(see The Birch Taxi page)
(see The Birch Brothers page)
Reginald Maudslay (of Standard Motor Company Ltd) and Cyril Maudslay (of Maudslay Motor Company) were cousins.